At his side from 1793-98 and present at both the Battle of St Vincent and the Battle of the Nile, the admiral called him, “without exception, one of the finest boys I ever met with”. Hoste rose swiftly to the rank of captain.
Hoste’s renown clearly resonated with collectors too, as proved when his small Naval Gold Medal awarded for a devastating attack on a larger French and Venetian squadron at the Battle of Lissa in the Adriatic Sea in 1811 sold for £100,000 at Morton & Eden on July 13. The medal was part of a collection of family medals that had remained in the collection of Hoste’s descendants.
The Naval Gold Medal was awarded for naval victories from 1794-1815. Captains received the smaller version with only up to 100 issued.